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Welcome: Back to School

There are 128 Learners that call The Monarch School home during the year. Here’s a look at their first day back for the 2012-2013 school year.

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A Great Beginning for the New Year!

Our annual Parent Volunteer Sign-Up Coffee was held on Wednesday, September 12th, and our attendance was terrific! Our 2012-13 wonderful Parent Volunteer Coordinators – Susan Pittman and Karen Barnhart for Challengers/Voyagers and Brooke Ernst and Karen Rezai Novice/Apprentice - were terrific hostesses to an energetic and receptive group. JoAnn Sittig has agreed to coordinate our F.I.N. (Families In Need) program again this year. A special thanks of appreciation was given to outgoing coordinators, Carey Handley and Joann Thibodeau. Click here for more on this story.

News 92 FM featured The Monarch School and The Monarch Institute in a three- part series

News 92 FM featured The Monarch School and Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences in a three- part series October 1-3, 2012.

The radio reporter for this series was Mid-day Anchor Carolyn Campbell. The three parts series was taped Thursday, November 20, 2012. Click here and listen in.

Weekly Trip to Hampton Assisted Living

Each week students from both the Novice and Apprentice programs travel to the Hampton Assisted Living Center to play bingo. The students visit the memory unit where many of the residents are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Work in the four core goal areas includes self-regulation, curiosity, social referencing, shifting focus, creating meaning, maintaining flow of communication, planning and organizing and working memory. Click here for more on this story.

Monarch’s Marathon Kids

“I will walk the track and do two laps at school. I will walk Bree, my dog, at home with my mommy. We eat healthy snacks, like apples and strawberries to keep our body healthy. We can see how far we go when we color the circles in. We will go 26.2 (miles), a MARATHON!” says Lauren.

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Apprentice Level Students Visits Camp for All

For my first trip to Camp for All, I felt excited. Before we left, we did previews of Camp for All. We looked at pictures and we went over our schedule. When it was time to leave, I was excited. My favorite camp activities were challenge course and gold panning. At gold panning, I got pretty jewels. I liked being with my peers and teachers. Camp is fun!

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Alex Sells

Alex reached his goal of $49.00. Congratulations! Alex. How did he do it? First, we problem solved -- How could he sell his product better? We decided to make a fruit basket. He helped make this basket with orangelo fruit for $10.00. The basket sold! From that sale, he got two more orders. That makes $20.00. His first day he made $10.00 from singles and the second day he made $11.00 from a basket and a single. This makes his total $41.00. He brought in 3 baskets to put the fruit in for his new orders and replaced the one he used. On the third day he got two more orders and reached his goal of $ 49.00! His money went back into the Life Academy student business. What a great way to problem solve! Click here for more on this story.

Starbucks in the ‘Hood

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the newest Starbucks close to the school at Gessner and Kempwood. Our Voyager students were invited to assist with the “soft” opening as greeters and servers to the many patrons, several of whom were parents and friends of Monarch students. Additionally, Ms. Jean Manning, District Manager, received donations on behalf of the Life Academy! Over $150 was raised for this student run business. Click here for more on this story.

Technology at work!

Monarch students make use of technology in the form of IPAD, Nook, & Promethean for reading and comprehension practice.

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Piaget in the Classroom

Knowledge is an interaction between the student and his or her environment. In Reasoning & Geosystem, offered by the Math/Sci Pod, teachers support practice areas for students still developing competence in Logical Classification, Number, Space Orientation, and Measurement. The purpose behind this class, and at every level, is to stimulate the student’s willingness and capacity for thinking and reasoning. The success of this program will be increased student interest in the world in addition to expressions of confidence, both socially and academically. Click here for more on this story.

Texas Ecology Day with Galveston Bay Foundation

On October 4th, the entire Challenger East Community participated in our Texas Ecology Day. Monarch students met the Galveston Bay Foundation for marsh grass planting. They got hot, sweaty, wet and dirty, getting 300 plants into individual pots. It took about an hour to get it done This is the third year The Monarch community has partnered with Galveston Bay Foundation for this important mission. Click here for more on this story.

Building for the Future – Monarch Community Takes Shape

The Monarch Community is thrilled that construction has started because we are eager to provide more services to our community. We are bursting at the seams in our Chrysalis Building, which is currently housing ALL of the programs of the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences.

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The Center for Green Schools

The Monarch School supported a graduate student of Gallaudet University to develop a profile of what impact LEED certified projects at specific schools and campuses with this kind of focus, such as the Monarch and Gallaudet University, has made on students’ learning and performance. Click here for more on this story.

October 6 - A Historic day in Mexico City for Monarch

Dr. Debrah Hall, Head of School and lead trainer of the Mexico City replication team, and Dr. Neal Sarahan, Executive Director, recently travelled to Mexico City to share ribbon cutting ceremonies with Jennikate Estavillo and the entire Monarch Therapy School team. When asked, “Does this look like Monarch?” Dr Hall responded positively and affirmatively: “Yes, it shows that you have incorporated all aspects of replication modules. Congratulations.” The school has been operating since mid-August and has enrolled a dozen students so far. Special thanks was given at the ceremony to Dr. Marty Webb, founder of the Monarch School, and inspiration for the Replication programs. Representatives from Collegio Monarch in Guatemala City were also in attendance. Click here for more on this story.

Monarch Homes Receive Some Tender Loving Care

The landscaping at all four Monarch homes received an upgrade recently. Each home got a wonderful makeover, enhancement of bushes and flowers, and added landscape features. Many thanks to Brenna and David Schwartz, their generous donation, which multiplied by a matching grant, will provide each home with a shed, and complete set of lawn equipment. Our Voyagers will be able to learn more about the fine art of gardening and home maintenance! Click here for more on this story.

Survey Says…Two Thumbs Up, Diagnostic Clinic!

As part of our quest to make sure we are providing innovative assessment services that offer practical, family-friendly suggestions for support, we distributed a client satisfaction survey to former clients of The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic. Approximately 35% of former clinic clients elected to complete the online survey, which represents a fairly strong rate of return. The results showed that our assessment reports and client feedback sessions have helped the vast majority of our clients to develop new skills and strategies for improving their functioning and quality of life. Click here for more on this story.

More Advanced Training at Monarch – the LEND Program

Faculty of the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have developed a new collaborative program aimed at making an impact on the lives of the growing number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurological differences, and we are excited to announce that The Monarch Institute has been chosen as one of the training sites for its participating future professionals. The LoneStar LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program, funded through a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, is unique in Texas and one of 43 LEND programs located at major academic and children’s healthcare delivery sites across America. Click here for more on this story.

Opening Doors to the Arts

If you weren’t at the Hobby Center on July 28th, you missed one of the most inspiring and uplifting afternoons of theater ever experienced in the Houston area. On that day, hundreds of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their loved ones gathered to attend a special, sold-out, autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. It was a very full house in many respects!

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Monarch Mover and Shaper Ann Smith placed third in Ironman World Championship

Monarch Mover and Shaper Ann Smith competed in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii and placed third. The following article was featured in the Houston Chronicle October 17 and 18, 2012.

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